Fiji Airways cuts 750 staff

Fiji Airways is laying off more than 750 staff due to revenue lost because of the coronavirus.
Fiji Airways is laying off more than 750 staff due to revenue lost because of the coronavirus.

Fiji's national airline is laying off more than 750 staff, about half of its workforce, as it struggles for survival.

Remaining employees will have their pay reduced by 20 per cent and only get paid for the days they work.

CEO Andre Viljoen said the company was negotiating with lenders and aircraft lessors for payment deferrals.

He said Fiji Airways expected to receive almost zero revenue over the coming months due to the coronavirus pandemic causing international flights to be cancelled.

He said the company had a responsibility to shareholders and to the people of Fiji to survive the crisis.

Australian Associated Press